If you have never been to the Skicircus, you may not immediately make the link with freeriding based on the name. Because yes, the ski area is big and the après-ski lavish, but it has many possibilities to ride powder as well! It is for a reason that the Freeride World Tour has a stop in Fieberbrunn every year. And that reflects on the rest of the ski area Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Fieberbrunn Leogang Fieberbrunn, where they take freeriding much more seriously than you might think.
The terrain in the Skicircus is quite varied. From extremely challenging on the Wildseeloder, to wonderful mellow powder fields at, for example, the Spieleck (where you also have a very nice descent towards the small village of Lengau). You will also find very good freeride in the Hörndlingergraben from the Henne. Lots of vertical through a quiet valley, where two ski routes have also been laid out for convenience. One of the classic descents of the Skicircus is the Amsel, from the 1740 meter high Bernkogel. Some slopes are also not groomed after snowfall and you will find a freeride park at the Muldenbahn in Leogang, with kickers added naturally to the terrain.
The highlight of the freeride season in the Skicircus is the annual stop of the Freeride World Tour. Sometime in March this competition will take place on the north face of the Wildseeloder in the area of Fieberbrunn. Great action and an even better vibe make this really worth it to experience it live. It's really cool to see the freeride hotshots ripping down that face!
The Skicircus has invested a lot in snow safety. There are two fields to practice searching with your avalanche beacon: on the top of the Schattberg and at the Zillstatt lift. Here you can activate up to four of the six buried transceivers to take your skills to the next level. You will also find the well-known freeride checkpoints in many places in the area where you can check whether your avalanche beacon is switched on.
The Skicircus is partly in Tyrol and partly in the Salzburgerland and that can cause confusion with the avalanche forecast. To put an end to all ambiguity, an avalanche forecast has been prepared specific for the ski area since the 2015/2016 season. Easy to find on the Saalbach website, in the app and at the freeride info points in the ski area. The avalanche forecasts are written by Markus Kogler using the Lo.La* system.
Do you want to go freeriding in the Skicircus, but do you need a guide? Check this link. Here you will find several ski schools/guides in Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn.